Delta Assembly Tasks Education Ministry on Revenue Drive

The Delta State House of Assembly has urged the state ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to intensify effort in revenue generation to strengthen the financial base of the State.

The Chairman, House committee on Education, Hon Angela Nwaka made the call when the ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and it’s parastatals appeared before the State House of Assembly to defend its 2018 budget.

Nwaka who was accompanied by members of the committee including Honourables Tonye Timi, Azuka Azaka, Peter Uviejitobor and Shola Daibo, emphasized that improved revenue generation was necessary to fund the budget.

“This is in keeping with the present administration’s goals.” Nwaka said.

The committee said the two laboratories constructed and the renovated ones were not adequate enough for students to perform creditably well in science subjects, adding that the ministry should focus on schools in riverine areas, sports development and security in order to safeguard school property.

They equally advised the ministry to partner with the private sector and other spirited persons to develop sports in the schools.

Speaking, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Chiedu Ebie said that its ministry achieved less than 20 percent budge performance in the 2017 fiscal year due to a drop in the State’s revenue.

He said the ministry’s outstanding indebtedness from 2010-2017 is N23 billion with N11 billion of the amount inherited from the past administrations.

The commissioner disclosed that the ministry generated N289 million from January to October 31,2017, noting that N6.3 million of the said amount was generated from the use of schools, N131 million from registration and renewal of private schools, while N150 million was from tender fees.

He said the ministry would give top priority to the repositioning of technical and vocational education, infrastructural intervention, completion of ongoing projects, renovation and rehabilitation of modern schools, construction of additional class room blocks at the GRA modern school, Asaba, provision of furniture and construction of a teachers professional development center among others in 2018.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Hon Sunny Ogwu said the board accessed its grants from the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, and completed projects for 2013-2014, while projects for 2015 were ongoing and letters of award of contracts issued for 2016 projects.

Equally, the Executive Secretary of the Vocational and Technical Board, Mr Michael Agbobire pleaded with the State House of Assembly to increase the board’s budget of N750 million to enable it achieve its goals for 2018.

DTHA Assures Public Servants Of Conducive Working Enivronment

The Delta State House Of Assembly has assured public servants of support in the provision of conducive working environment.

The Chairman, House Committee On Establishments, Ethics and Privileges, Hon. Barr. Dennis Omovie who led other members on an Oversight Function visit to the Directorate of Government House and Protocol, gave this assurance in Asaba.

Other members of the committee are Messrs. Peter Uviejitobor, [Vice Chairman]; Michael Diden; Izeze Ruben; Alphonsus Ojo; Orezi Esievo; Erhiatake Ibori and Angela Nwaka.

He said that the House of Assembly would support the provision of conducive working environment for public servants so that they are comfortable to discharge their duties, stressing, “we are on a familiarisation visit as part of our oversight function to meet our people, see where they work, see how comfortable they are, it is part of our responsibility to ensure they are comfortable where they work so that we know they have comfortable working environment”

Hon. Omovie commended MR. Eddy Ogidi-Gbegbaje on the effective management of the activities of the Directorate and assured that the committee would interface with the Directorate during the defence of the 2018 budget proposal so as to ensure that its activities were properly accentuated.

Earlier, Mr. Ogidi-Gbegbaje briefed the committee on the activities and challenges of the Directorate and sought for their support in the consideration of the Directorate 2018 budget proposal.

PRESS RELEASE

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie has promised to work closely with the Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Education in other to develop the education sector of the state.

Mr Ebie made the pledge when officials of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education met with the House Committee Members on Education at the committee room of the House of Assembly. He said although the state was currently experiencing paucity of funds, His Exellency, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa was irrevocably committed to developing educational infrastructure in the state,hence the massive renovation and upgrade of schools across the three senatorial districts of the state.

The Commissioner assured the committee members that the Ministry would not relent in its effort to continue to improve the standard of education in the state through the monitoring of activities in the schools from time to time in other to keep them in check.

The Chairman of the Delta State House of Assembly House Committee on Education, Hon. Angela Nwaka commended the commissioner and his team for their efforts in bringing sanity to the Basic and Secondary Education sector and assured the Ministry of the committee’s co-operation in assisting the Ministry to meet its mandate as encapsulated in the SMART Agenda of His Exellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

Flood Control: Delta Govt Create 10km Water Canal In Isheagu

For over 50 years, residents of Isheagu, an agrarian community in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State slept with one eye closed due to the fear of uncertainty occasioned by the environmental related challenges caused by flooding that bedeviled the community.

The devastating impacts of the flood over the years have become a bugging playmate which as a matter of fact reportedly ascends to its peak during the rainy season when the rampaging flood demonstrates it strength oftentimes leaving the people in a hopeless situation.

It was this development that prompted the Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration to create a 10km artificial canal from Isheagu to the Iyeti River for onward discharge to River Ase, a major tributary of River Niger.

This efforts according to the State Commissioner for Environment, Barr. John Nani will not only address the perennial flooding challenge of the community but will improve water transportation which will boost agricultural produce from the area.

He explained that the ministry has been inundated with reports of the devastating impact of the the flood on the community for years and with the proactive and visionary foresight of the Governor, we are here to permanently address the flooding challenges in this part of the state.

“You will recall that we mobilized here last year at the peak of the flood to set up palliative measures by opening some natural water canals which not only resulted in the easy flow of water from our homes but also in the provision of dry land for improved agricultural yield.

Speaking Further, Hon. Nani stressed that His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa insisted on the need to permanently address the situation for the benefit of the people and graciously approved the opening of existing canals and creating of new ones to tackle the flood challenge in the area.

Hon. Nani who took a boat ride on the new canal stated that about 8km out of the proposed 10km canal has been completed with the effort already yielding its expected positive result.

“With the massive flow of water and the current of the new canal, I am convinced that our effort is yielding the needed positive result already. We will continue to improve on our effort to ensure that Isheagu-Ewulu road dries up for socioeconomic activities to resume on that road”.

Later at the palace of Obi Onyema II of Isheagu Kingdom, the Hon. Commissioner counseled the community to jealously protect the efforts of the government by discouraging indiscriminate dumping of waste in drainages and water canals saying that these water bodies has never been the safest and  convenient place for waste disposal as it usually has negative impact on the community where everyone becomes a casualty.

Accompanied by the Hon. Member Representing Aniocha South Constituency, Hon. Angela Nwaka, Hon. Nani warned against building on water canals and urge the Obi-in-Council to help disseminate the information to his subjects as government will not tolerate blocking of these canals.

Hon. Nani also commended the Community for the support given to the officials of the ministry so far and urged them not to relent in their encouragements and support to the team for their remaining days in the community.

Earlier, the community who spoke through a former Commissioner for Works, Chief Jerry Ossai expressed thanks and gratitude to Gov. Okowa for remembering the community in his even distribution of prosperity across the state.

He stated that the community will remember this kind gesture of the state government for a very long time saying that what the Governor has done is unprecedented considering the challenging economic realities of the state.

He also passionately commended the sincere efforts of Hon. Nani and Hon. Nwaka saying that their wonderful contributions to salvage Isheagu, Ewulu and neighboring communities will not go unnoticed.

“Emotions will fail me if I go memory lane to recount all that we have lost to the ravaging flood for the past 50years but we thank God for using Gov. Okowa and his team to wipe our tears. May God richly bless Gov. Okowa and continue to grant him the enablement to pilot the affairs of the state to greater heights,” he added.

The Hon. Commissioner was joined on the inspection by the Hon. Member Representing Aniocha South Constituency, Hon. Angela Nwaka; the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Nkem Ajufo; Mrs. Pauline Chidi, aides and officials of the Ministry of Environment.

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